How to get a Too Good To Go Morrisons box

Picture of a box of red peppers, apples, spring onions and carrots

Fruit and veg for less with Morrisons via Too Good To Go

Recently, Morrisons started offering £10 food for £3.09 via Too Good To Go, the food waste app.

Read on for my top tips if you want to bag a tenner of food for only a few quid – and find out what I got in my Too Good To Go Morrisons Magic Bag, and what I made with it! 

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What is Too Good To Go?

If you haven’t come across Too Good To Go, it’s a free app where you can buy fresh food at a discount, because it would otherwise be thrown away at the end of the day.

Previous post: My 5 favourite apps to cut food costs

You buy a ‘Magic Bag’ with a random selection of items for less than they would normally cost. You pay via the app, using a card, PayPal or Apple Pay, and must then collect your food during a specific time slot. Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to take part, alongside cafes, restaurants and bakeries including big names like Costa Coffee and Yo Sushi.

I love the idea of Too Good To Go in cutting food waste as well as cutting costs. I’ve used it several times in London, to snap up discounted sandwiches, pastries from a Turkish cafe, curry and rice from an Indian restaurant and a vegan rice box. Trouble is, here in Hadleigh, there’s very little nearby. 

But we do have a branch of Morrisons – so when I heard Morrisons had joined Too Good To Go, I headed straight for the app. I figured few people near me would use it, so I’d have more chance of buying a box than in heavily populated areas.

Screen grab of Morrisons on Too Good To Go app

My local Morrisons on Too Good To Go

What can you get from Morrisons via Too Good To Go?

A Magic Bag from Morrisons will contain mainly fruit and veg, with potentially some bakery and deli items. The food is discounted because it’s past the ‘best before’ date, although still fine to eat.

Remember, you don’t get to choose – it’s like a lucky dip. All you know is that it should be worth at least £10 when full price. The short dates also mean you’ll need to eat it, cook it or freeze it, fast.

You order and pay via the Too Good To Go app, then collect your food during the time specified. You can’t just rock up in store and demand a Magic Bag.

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Picture of a brown box with baguette bags from Morrisons via Too Good To Go

Less a Magic Bag, more a Magic Box

Tips for getting a Morrisons box on Too Good To Go

Currently, there are only a couple of boxes each day offered at each Morrisons branch, and Too Good To Go has more than 2 million users.  

That’s not great odds for actually getting one!

Here’s how to increase your chances of nabbing one of the elusive boxes:

  • Download the Too Good To Go app
  • Check if your nearest Morrisons is taking part, via the ‘Discover’ page or on the ‘Map’
  • Check when the collection window closes, as tomorrow’s Magic Bags normally go on sale 15 minutes afterwards
    • Morrisons normally has a long collection window from 12 noon to 18.00, meaning the new Magic Bags should pop up at 18.15. On Sunday, ours was posted at 18.00. Go figure.
  • Check when today’s Magic Bags sold out
    • At our Morrisons it’s normally 18.16, 18.17 or even 18.15 – so super quick!
  • Make the store a favourite, by pressing the ‘heart’ top right
    • This makes it easier to find and refresh
  • Set an alarm on your phone for 10 minutes after the collection window ends. 
  • When the alarm goes off, open up Too Good to Go, and find your local store. Keep refreshing, and pounce when the grey ‘Sold Out’ button changes to a green ‘Buy Now’ version. I find it easiest to refresh by swiping down on my favourites.
  • Click through to pay
    • If you’ve bought a Magic Bag before, the app will store you payment details, making it easier to complete the transaction
  • Show up at the store during the collection window, go to customer services and show the receipt on your phone
  • When the staff bring the box, let them swipe across to confirm you’ve received your Magic Bag

Sound like a hassle? Check out my previous post on bagging yellow-snickered bargains


What I got in my Morrisons Magic Bag

So here’s what I got from Morrisons via Too Good To Go (sung along the lines of ‘On the First Day of Christmas…’)

  • 2 broken baguettes (guessing normally 80p each)
  • 2.3kg box of clementines (normally £3)
  • 2 x 750g boxes salad tomatoes (normally £1.30 each) 
  • 2 x 3 packs of red peppers (normally £1.45 each)
  • 1kg bag wonky onions (normally 65p) 
  • 2 x 1kg bags wonky avocados (normally £2.40 each) 

Total: £14.75 bought for only £3.09

Collage of 12 photos of breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Too Good To Go box

Making meals from a Morrisons Magic Bag

What did I do with the contents of my Morrisons Magic Bag?

Would I normally buy 20 avocados? No. But once I got them from Too Good To Go, I wanted to make the most of them!

So here’s what I made based on the contents:

Breakfasts

  • avocado and sliced tomato on toasted baguette
  • poached egg with avocado and tomato on baguette
  • breakfast burritos with scrambled egg, avocado and tomato
  • fried egg with chorizo and avocado on toast

Lunches

  • prawn cocktail with avocado, lettuce and toast
  • bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwiches
  • red pepper and butternut squash soup
  • mozzarella, tomato and avocado salad with balsamic dressing
  • ham and avocado sandwiches
  • salami, avocado and tomato bagel

Main meals

  • a riff on poke bowls, with grilled trout, rice, peanuts, carrot, avocado and tomato
  • sausage and red pepper casserole with new potatoes and mange tout
  • chicken fajitas with red peppers, guacamole, tomato salsa, cheese and creme fraiche
  • turkey bolognese with pasta and broccoli (used some of the onions!)
  • chicken, avocado and tomato cous cous

 

Picture of the 6 jars of clementine marmalade I made

When life gives you clementines – make marmalade

We worked our way through a load of the clementines, but after one went mouldy, I hastily made the rest into clementine marmalade, which can be given away for Christmas.

After collecting the box on December 1, it took 10 days to eat the contents – and I’ve still got some onions left!

 

Picture of the contents of my second Too Good To Go box from Morrisons

Heading back for a second box…

Verdict on Morrisons Magic Bags from Too Good To Go

Morrisons is a whole different ball game on Too Good To Go.

Normally, if you buy a Magic Bag from say an Indian restaurant or a carvery, you’ve got a fair idea of what you might get.

But a Magic Bag from Morrisons is much more like Ready Steady Cook (youngsters: Google it).

You get a random collection of fruit, veg and bakery items and somehow need to make it into meals. Each individual box is completely different, depending on the store, stock left and the generosity of whoever is filling it.

I was delighted that my £3.09 box was worth way more than the promised tenner at full price. But it’s only a bargain if you actually eat the food – and if you don’t like it, or can’t use it fast, you won’t actually cut costs or food waste. 

My main tip if you manage to get a box is to think what on earth you can make, jot down meal ideas, and buy the extras ingredients needed. So for example, faced with a mountain of tomatoes, avocados and peppers, I bought yellow-stickered chicken breasts, wraps and fajita seasoning to make chicken fajitas. I then used the last wrap as a breakfast burrito, with eggs we already had, plus more of the avocado and tomato.

So if you like cooking, give it a whirl. If you’re all about convenience food, this isn’t going to help. 

You may not want the faff of frantically refreshing the app or collecting a mystery selection of items in a specific time frame, compared to picking and choosing your own food. I’m keen on saving cash and food waste, and enjoyed meal planning – so I’ve even been back for a second box (photo above)!

The staff member apologised that there wasn’t much in it, but I still reckon the contents would have cost £13.65 at full price. I wouldn’t have bought the mini donuts and iced Christmas biscuits, but the kids enjoyed them. Meanwhile I’ve got another useful heap of fruit and veg, including more red peppers and spring onions than you can shake a stick at.

 

Now – over to you. Have you ever nabbed a Morrisons box from Too Good Too Go? Would you ever buy one? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Plus any suggestions gratefully received on what to make with my second box!

 

Check out what I got in a Too Good To Go magic bag from the Co-op too!

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31 Comments

  1. Eloise
    19th December 2019 / 7:47 pm

    Time was when leftovers such as this were donated to almshouses. My aunt was the matron of an almshouse with around 20 residents. A couple of times a week that would be a knock on the door and Marks & Spencer’s would unload several boxes of fresh foods, not just fruit and veg but the meat and fish too. The residents would then come and take what they wanted. Sometimes there was even salmon and prawns and other things that many of the elderly people couldn’t afford to buy at full price. Nowadays the supermarkets are out to make as much money as possible so even sell off the things that they wouldn’t have done previously. Almost every town has a food bank and I would prefer to see the food donated to the foodbank or to local community initiatives and so cheaply to the general public.

    • Faith
      Author
      20th December 2019 / 8:08 am

      Hi Eloise – Do agree that it would be great to see food that would otherwise be wasted get used for good causes. Suspect it would be tricky to distribute the fresh food sold in Too Good To Go boxes via food banks, as food banks usually focus on non-perishable items which are easier to store and less likely to rot before they can be handed out. Perhaps linking up with the kind of initiatives that could promptly cook and consume varying ingredients (soup kitchens? community meals?) might work. Reckon a couple of Too Good To Go boxes sold at each Morrisons branch is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of supermarket food waste, and some stores would be able to both sell boxes and support community initiatives.

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  2. Pauline Hodson
    22nd April 2020 / 12:57 pm

    I want a Vegan box of just Veg and Fruit for an animal sanctuary. No Meat. Is that possible ?

  3. Jackie Kitchen
    14th July 2020 / 6:30 pm

    I too don’t like waste of any kind and love saving money on my food bill. As I approach retirement, more so.
    So when I read about TGTG, I was keen to try it out. You have to persevere and I nearly gave up, but it’s such an excitement when you realise that you have been successful!
    I have had 3 brilliant boxes and the last one was the best ever. I shared it with family and we ate our way through it all.
    You can’t bank on getting one, but you get 6pm (ish) fixed in your head everyday as the time approaches to give it another go!!

  4. Sandra Bennett
    2nd September 2020 / 10:52 am

    I find it impossible to buy a Morrisons Magic Bag. They seem to be sold even before they go on offer.
    Are there priority customers who see them before the rest of us?

    I ordered a package from Foodworld a few weeks ago and was very disappointed that the packets of dried foods were several months out of date so won’t be buying that again.

    • Faith
      Author
      4th September 2020 / 10:52 am

      Hi Sandra – Sorry it’s been so hard buying a Morrisons Magic Bag. Have you checked what time Magic Bags at your local Morrisons normally sell out? Worth setting the alarm on your phone 10 minutes before, then refreshing until they go on sale and clicking through straight away, if you haven’t already.

  5. 7th September 2020 / 7:46 pm

    My local morrison had a window pick up from 4pm till 6pm.ive done exactly what u said -opened app at at 4pm,kept refreshing and at 4.11pm 1magic box came up.i quickly reserved it and boom..1st time successful!!
    I read on other sites how ppl complain that before they see it on the app its already sold out so it must be dodgy.its not!but its seconds.i refreshed the page saw info at the top changed from grey to green and i pressed reserve.thats it!good luck everybody!it can happen!

    • Faith
      Author
      8th September 2020 / 10:15 am

      Woo hoo! Glad refreshing worked for you. Have to be so quick on the draw, and really tough for Morrisons in areas where lots of people are searching.

  6. Jillian mccafferty
    24th November 2020 / 7:20 pm

    Finally got a Morrisons good to go box complete waste of time, money and effort. 5 lettuces, 1 cabbage, bagels already reduced to 6p rolls reduced to 8p and a bag of mouldy kiwis. Could have bought it all for £2.80.

    • Faith
      Author
      25th November 2020 / 5:20 am

      Oh dear sorry it was such a disappointment Jillian. Really is luck of the draw, according to the individual store, what’s left and the person putting the box together. Will be no consolation, but I got another box from our Hadleigh Morrisons yesterday, and it contained 2 bags of pears, 2 bags of parsnips, 2 bags of corn on the cob, 4 avocados, 2 melons, 1kg new potatoes, green beans and half a cucumber. Would have cost £15.14 full price, and even with the yellow sticker prices on some items it added up to £8.38.

  7. Michelle
    9th December 2020 / 11:44 pm

    Hey, Great advice in your post! I am trying to get my head around the app and hoping you might be able to help! So on my app the shop I want to buy from is showing a pick up window of 4:30 – 5pm but then it shows the bags sold out at 6:15pm? But when I went on at 4:30 it already sold out? So I am confused? Should I be logging on at 4:30pm or 6:15pm?

    Many thanks,

    Michelle

    • Faith
      Author
      10th December 2020 / 10:04 am

      Hi Michelle,
      Short version; log in just before 6.15pm to buy, the collect from the actual store during the 4.30pm to 5pm pick up window.

      You buy magic bags on the app, to pick up instore. So if the bags are showing as sold out at 6.15pm, try logging in about 6.05pm/6.10pm the next day, keep refreshing until you see them go on sale again, and hopefully buy one before they sell out.

      After you buy a magic bag, you then need to collect it from the store during the ‘pick up window’.

      Good luck!

  8. Ian
    16th January 2021 / 6:35 pm

    Tried several times this week. Each time it has changed from Sold Out to check back later at 18:00. I refreshed every few seconds up until it changes to Sold Out. I have never see it go green yet.

    • Faith
      Author
      17th January 2021 / 10:42 am

      How frustrating! Wonder if you live in a an area where loads of people are keen on Too Good To Go Morrisons magic bags?

    • Elizabeth Naomi Roy
      23rd March 2021 / 3:55 pm

      mine says sold out at 12.15 – collection window 10-12 but always says sold out at 12.15-think the display has got stuck! I have been successful in the past but recently -last 2 months -no luck. Would the store still being doing TGTG?

  9. Mark Darlington
    10th March 2021 / 6:49 pm

    Great blog thank you.

    I have today managed to get a Morrison’s Bag and collecting tomorrow along with my third bag from Greggs !

    Todays Greggs bag was a sandwich, you youm, cookie, pain au chocolat and a 4 pack of sausage rolls for £3. Also had a Saisnsbury bag which was quite good but had two much stuff we did not like like some yoghurts and sandwiches. The TV meals went straight in the freezer though.

    • Faith
      Author
      11th March 2021 / 7:00 am

      Woo hoo glad you’ve had such success with Magic Bags! Tv meals sound very useful, in addition to any treats.

  10. Tammy
    8th June 2021 / 3:44 pm

    I got one yesterday and worked out the the total cost at full price to be about £6.50 made a complaint to to good to go and they agreed it was well below the £10 value it should of been so refunded and are going to contact the store. It had 2 different bags of spuds a small thing of mushrooms packet of runner beans bag of carrots and a cauliflower and a loaf of cheap bread……

  11. Anne Back
    15th June 2021 / 10:21 am

    Please help! I am a pensioner on a limited income, but I love cooking. Problem is, I am not in a position to hve an app on my phone. How do I become eligible for the togood to go boxes. Am using the office computer
    with permission today only
    Thankyou, Anne

  12. katy
    3rd September 2021 / 5:38 pm

    Just got 1 today was the 3rd in 2 month was value for money but at mine should be called fruit and veg box as that is what all 3 had in, you buy these at Lidl for £1 50 in store no app needed

    • Faith
      Author
      5th September 2021 / 10:19 am

      Yay! Glad your magic bags from Morrisons have been good value.
      Thanks for the top tip about Lidl fruit & veg boxes – I haven’t tried those, must look out for them

  13. Kellyann
    9th September 2021 / 10:30 pm

    Great deal for your money

  14. Stephen Clifford
    15th January 2022 / 10:50 am

    We tried it twice for bread from a bakery.There was enough for us to distribute it to ourselves, my daughter and sister in law and mother in law, that’s 9 people in total.
    Unfortunately there was still a load left over, despite freezing some, so some sent to waste. I don’t know why each local Sally army can’t sign up and get stuff, even perishable and then feed homeless once they have it.

  15. 8th February 2022 / 1:55 am

    I would love to try a magic box please
    Could you send me the information

  16. Patrick Kelly
    14th March 2022 / 11:16 am

    Can you advise me of “too good to go” near me (motherwell) Nearest stores are Wishaw and Hamilton

  17. 2nd May 2023 / 11:06 am

    my 1st morrison box it was rubbish very diappointed box was on 1st may
    finger chillies dated 28th april 5 loafs of coburg cob
    2 wholemeal loaf melon snack size all brown
    rosemary 2 pkts of thyme 2 pkts
    grapes 2 boxes bag off cabbage 2 packs of red and green chillies
    stawberrys and raspberry that went straight in the bin
    how can anyone use 6 loafs of bread in one day
    it was shocking never again such a let down sit to greggs there worth every penny

    • Faith
      Author
      16th May 2023 / 10:44 am

      Sorry your Morrisons Too Good To Go bag was so disappointing. It really is luck of the draw and depends so much on the individual store and even the person picking items for the bag. Just a thought if you end up with loads of bread again. Bread freezes really well, so if you have a freezer and space in it, that can be a good way to make it last rather than attempting to eat a bread mountain in a single day.

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